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Slower News - FAQ

WTF is this?

This is, somehow, a slowly updated news-aggregator with relevant trends, micro-trends and edge cases for borderline nerds, that don't want to miss out, nor spend a shit-ton of time distilling trivia.

Why?

I wanted to read something like this - an information flood is drowning our times - but I couldn't find it elsewhere. So, as most projects, it started while «scratching my own itch» and before becoming a website it lived as a markdown file.

Later I started to see it as a way of using my research/procrastination positively.

How do you curate articles?

Articles are hand selected. Everything that calls my attention and passes the «trivia filter» will be added to Slower News. It's certainly affected by my biases (I'm aware of these 1) and most articles on main page were on Hacker News.

My strategy is to pick articles that will be relevant, at least, for some months: articles that dissect trends, unveil lesser known trends and some interesting edge cases and counter-examples. The articles listing order is also not random.

How often is Slower News updated?

Only when relevant. Visit every month and «you're good to go». New articles are easy to spot 2.

Can I contribute?

Open an issue or pull request this repository with relevant links, corrections or suggestions. I plan to curate only two pages (main and one about Portugal) but I accept pull requests creating/updating more - if you can curate them and will handle the burden of using HTML. For now this is my filter to accept them.

So what pages can I create?

Ultimately, it's up to you. 3

Colophon

Hand coded SPA - with no JS - and statically hosted at Netlify from a Github repository. Tufte CSS (adapted). No images, no tracking (GDPR friendly analytics with Goatcounter) and no bloat. Ok, I use non-standard fonts but web design is mostly typography.


Notes:
1 - Western culture (European flavour), essencialism, centrism, agnosticism and I'm male.
2 - New links have a different color.
3 - Specific Slower News that I would like to read but I don't have the time (nor the knowledge) to curate: on Javascript, on Clojure, on Front-end, on Python, on Architecture, on Space exploration, on Robotics, on European Union, on Poland, on Russia, on Music, on Maths, on Arts, on Photography, on Investment ...

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